A few simple dos and don’ts can give the illusion of extra inches.

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Wear tops whose details pull the eye down vertically; V-necks are a good choice.

Tuck shirts into pants to make your legs look longer, which will make you look taller.

Opt for clothes that fit close to your body. Bulky ones – like oversized jackets and tops – will draw the eyes out horizontally.

Try slim pants that closely follow your thighs and butt to make you look taller.

Wear vertical stripes – for instance, a pinstripe suit.

Don short skirts, avoiding skirts that cut slightly below the knee or at mid-calf.

Slip into higher-heeled shoes. Letting your cuffless pant legs drape over high shoes will provide an instant look of height.


  • Try dressing in monochrome, matching your hosiery and shoe color to the rest of your outfit to create an uninterrupted vertical line.

  • Browse in the petite sections of clothing stores.